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good afternoon. snoring for joining us. i am morgan radford live in new york. here are the stories we are following jut for you. a failed curfew in ferguson after protest orders defy the governor's order to stay off of the street. airstrikes in iraqi iraq. researchers try to solve a cosmic mystery. check it out.
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attorney general eric holder has authorized an additional autopsy on the body of missouri teen michael brown. the announcement comes after another night of unrest in ferguson where hundreds of protesters were out. look at that, clashing with police through -- that's a haze of tear gas. tensions in the city remain high after last weekend's fatal shooting of the you know armed black at the scene. natasha is live in ferguson, missouri. can you tell us a little bit more about this autopsy? what do we know? >> reporter: good afternoon, morgan. another autopsy of michael brown's body has already been conducted, but an attorney general holder said because of the extraordinary circumstances surrounding brown's death and at the request of his family, a federal medical examiner will conduct an independent examination, an independent autopsy of brown, and it will be done so as soon as possible.
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in the meantime, for a second night in a row, there was violence here in ferguson which included a break-in of this barbecue restaurant that had been looted earlier in the week. >> it was the first night of a state of emergency in ferguson. about one to 200 people remained on the streets after midnight despite a curfew. one man was shot. several arrested. meese say they were forced to fire smoke canisters and tear gas to clear the streets, when a man was shot, they took him to the hospital. he is in critical condition. police say people broke into a barbecue response. their heavy response was to protect protesters and officers. >> we have a shooting victim that's in critical condition that may lose their life. we had a subject standing in the middle of the road with a hand gun. we had a police car shot at tonight and, yes, i think that was a proper response tonight to
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maintain officer safety and public safety. >> reporter: on saturday, a week after 18-year-old michael brown was shot, missouri governor jay nixon imposed the midnight to 5:00 a.m. curfew in the hopes that it would bring calm to ferguson's tense streets. >> if we are going to achieve justice, we must first have and maintain peace. this is a test. >> the governor was heckled by protesters during this news conference. >> excuse me, governor. you need to charge that police with murder. [simultaneous speakers.] >> reporter: earlier in the day, protests over brown's death were peaceful. when the curfew began, there were shots fired and more tear gas. the ferguson native and captain tasked with securing safety is
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disappointed? >> make sure citizens are safe. our businesses have to remain health. you know, i talked to many citizens out there who said they have no where to go and get the things that they need. so they have to remain healthy. >> this morning in the steady rain after a second night in a row of violence, volunteers came with brooms, garb alan cans and bags to clean up the mess protesters left behind. >> i think it's a setback from where we are trying to get to, behind everything that happened. you know, to go back and just continue to tear up and destroy instead of just build up, it just don't make no sense. >> meanwhile, some residents were pleased to hear the news. thewi shed autopsy, i don't
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see how it's going to make any difference -- difference. the autopsy is he got shot. . >> when governor nixon declared a state of emergency, he said he knew restoring peace to the streets of ferguson and healing this community's deep-seated wounds would happen in one night but he was hoping last night would be a start. morgan? >> the reality, natasha is we are hearing about these very violent protests. we just saw the woman yell at the governor in the press conference saying you guys have to charge this officer. the reality is: are there still any protesters out there who are demonstrating peacefully? >> reporter: officials will tell you that the vast majority of protesters have been peaceful, obeyed the curfew last night affected and it was only al minority. he said last night's weren't
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concerned from the city. he said they are ready for a return to normalcy in michael brown at a local church this afternoon. michael brown's parents are expected to speak as is martin luther king, iii. >> this really happening later today, quick question, what's the latest on the investigation? have there been any charges brought against the officer who shot him, darin wilson? to recap, it took almost a week for officials to even release the name of the officer darren wilson, that's one of the lingering concerns and sore points. people were yelling at the governor yesterday because they feel that the pace of the investigation is quite slow. the governor stresses that with the investigations underway, they will be done as expediently and with transparency, but he also says until there is peace
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on the streets of ferguson, there can be no justice. >> all right. natasha, joining us live, thank you for being with us this afternoon. missouri police held a press conference just hours after last night's clashes. one of the speakers was highway patrol captain ron johnson. he was asked if he was satisfied with the way the police handled the crowds amidst all of the allegations of the police using military-style classics. >> we have a shooting victim that's in critical condition this may lose their life. we had a subject standing in the middle of the road with a ha handg handgun. we had a police car shot at tonight and, yes, i think that was a proper response tonight to maintain officer safety and public safety so we didn't have more victims whether that was law enforcement or some of our citizens. >> reverend jessie jackson is done in ferguson and led a march yesterday showing his support for the protesters. he also spent time praying with
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michael brown's family. jackson called the shooting a state execution saying police mishandled the situation and made matters worse while earlier, i spoke with russell honoree author of "leadership: is this the new normal"? i asked him if he believed whether police acted appropriately. >> you have two things going on: making sure everybody got the word that the curfew is in place, number 1. and, 2, what's the consequence of breaking the curfew? and then the concept of civil disobedience that people elected to disobey the can yonsider few because it's something they are petitioning for in their voice. if people aren't happy, they will break the curfew. the best thing police can do is try to contain it and make sure they are not doing anything to
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enhance the anger, and the people have continued to say, hey. stop shooting bullets at us and stop shooting the tear gas and keep the armored vehicles back. and on the one night that they did that, they had pretty good results. but as long as you continue to maintain the heavy tactics, you have to break the rules when you are in a crisis is what my leadership training has taught me. >> as honore mentioned, the militarization of local police departments has been a concern across the country. the pentagon has been getting millions of dollars worth of surplus combat equipment to, to police. >> that's move mean say makes officers look like soldiers going to war with the very community did they are supposed to be serving. ashlthsz's paul beban has more. >> reporter: for days, it's looked like a war zone but it's ferguson, missouri. tear gas, rubber bullet did, flash grenades, all used against
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american civilians. police confronting protesters in full battle gear. >> this kind of force that was once reserved for emergency situations when you are talking about hostage takings or active slighters spread all over the country because of a number of these federal policies. it's become the default use of force, i think, in far too many situations. >> the federal policy he is talking about is the defense department's 1033 program. it moves surplus war equipment to america's local police departments. the program started small. in the early'90s, it surprise only about a million dollars worth of equipment to forces each year, but so far this year, the value is already about $752 million. and some 4.3 billion overall since 1997. the 1033 program has supplied police with everything from machineguns to helicopters, again aid launchers and heavy vehicles. st. louis county law enforcement
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agencies, those working in ferguson are among the more than 8,000 received equipment through the defense department. now, lawmakers from both sides are calling for the program to be reined in. in an op-ed, rand paul called police militarization a very serious problem. washington has insent advised local police precircumstances by using federal dollars build what are small armies where police departments compete to acquire military gear that goes far beyond what most americans think of as law enforcement. democratic representative hank johnson proposed new legislation to demil tar eyes police forces. he wrote to his colleagues, our main street should be a place for business, families and relaxation, not tanks and m-16s. h his bill would stop the pentagon from giving police automatic weapons, armored vehicles, drones and other equipment. it will be formally introduced
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in september, too late to change the situation in ferguson. paul beban, al jazeera, new york. >> all right. well, all of this is happening while employees in ferguson are cleaning up. this convenience store it was during rights yesterday morning. it's the very same shop where teenager michael brown allegedly stole a box of cigars. that's him right there before he was fatally shot by officer darren wilson. protesters are returning to the streets after last night's evening curfew that quite frankly didn't seem to work. the small town is still a mix of high emotions and racial tension and our very own ashar quereshi is trying to figure out how an area is trying to deal with that devide. >> she says tension between the police and judge people have been simmering long before the michael brown shooting. the police is a gang.
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you have a badge. you have authority. ignorance for the law is no excuse. >> in the st. louis suburb of ferguson, that kind of anger has played out in the streets this week after a police officer killed michael brown, an unarmed black teenager. many residents say the predominantly white police force in ferguson has a history of targeting blacks. >> i am troubled by every shooting. i am troubled by the shooting with the police officer. i am troubled by the shooting after that occurred. black on black crime. i am tired of all of the killings. i don't understand at all why this is happening. >> still, some residents have commended the police for their handling of the volatile atmosphere. >> i saw a lot of cops show amount of restraint. i think cops need to hear that from the african-american community. it's a 2-way street for us to comic make our community better. >> if an interview, the mayor out lined some of the city's challenges. >> african-american officers are not -- are not a dime a dozen. they are -- it is hard to go out and get african-americans who
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want to be in police work. we talked about tonight the divide between young african-americans and law enforcement. you don't see young african-americans coming out in droves looking for careers in law enforcement. according to a 2010 scone sus report t the fergon so is he frohn poor schools and a high crime rate. >> there has been this under tow that has bubbled to the surface. it's our first priority to address it to fix what's wrong. >> i gar uarantee you st. louis will not be the same because so many people -- and i am one of them -- that's not going to stand down on this issue because that could have been my nephew. >> people say a thorough and transparent investigation into the brown shooting would be a first step toward commending a long history of racial tension. >> make sure you stay with "al jazeera america" for continuing coverage of ferguson, missouri. at 4:00 p.m. eastern reverend al sharpton, martin luther king iii
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and michael brown's parent are expected to speak at a rally at the greater grace church. here on "al jazeera america." fighting back to reclaim iraq, straight ahead on al jazeera, what the u.s. is doing to slow down the islamic straight group, plus the president obama cut his v vacation short on the vineyards, the long do list facing the president when he arrives in washington tonight. stay tuned.
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>> kurdish forces in northern iraq have taken back part of the country's largest dam captured by the islamic state group just earlier on this month. iraqi security officials says kurdish fighters along with iraqi begin the offensive to reclaim the dam early on sunday. the u.s. conducted 14 strikes near that dam then morning. the islamicguan airstrikes a
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week ago in attempts to halt the advance north. >> reporter: north of mosul dam three kilometers behind me. you can see from the smoke in the distance that a major military operation is under way. we understand they are trying to recapture the dabut they are no carrying this out alone. they are receiving help from the u.s. military. we actually hear planes hovering above us. u.s. warplanes. we understand that they have carried out a number of airstrikes since the early hours of the morning. the peshmerga telling us that the operation began approximately at 5:00 a.m. they have made some advances, taking three small christian towns. so what they are trying to do is advance towards the mosul dam using air cover from the u.s.
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military above. but this is not going to be an easy fight. we tried to approach closer to the dam, but the pesh managera are presenting us from doing so manag manager. an ongoing operation to recapture a strategic installation. this installation actually provides water and electricity to thousands of iraqis. now, there is the possibility of the islamic state blowing up the dam, but u.s. intelligence experts believe they won't do that because they would be only hurting themselves. flood waters would inundate villages all the way down south including the city of mosul which is the strong hold of the islamic state group. >> earlier on, a former advisor to iraqi prime minister ibrahim al jafari was on al jazeera english and here is what he had to say. >> short-term containment, yes,
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it does work. but if you want to look at the mid-term or long-term, obviously what has been done is not strategic and it's not enough. it's mainly to protect some of the kurdish areas kurdish controlled areas but not to contain and solve the issue of isis. >> the white house is keeping a close eye on the violence in iraq. the president is taking a break from his vacation returning from martha's vineyard to washington tonight. al jazeera's libby casey joins us from -- live from washington, d.c. good afternoon. the united states says it carried out 14 airstrikes today, but the reality is, iraq is just one of many con conflicts that are confronting the administration as we speak. so what else will the president be facing this week when he returns to washington? >> that's right. even though the president has has been on vay case, he made multiple addresses in issues
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from the domestic front situation to the international front looking at iraq and iraq, alone, poses so many questions and challenges. the u.s. says there were 14 airstrikes today coming on the heels of nine yesterday. all working on the problem of the mossum dam but also watching the humanitarian situation with the formation after new government with a new incoming prime minister. the question of the islamic state or isil came up a lot on the sunday talk shows today because not only is president obama and his team watching that, members of congress are watching as well and they are voicing concerns about the growing danger of the islamic state. we saw the house intelligence committee chairman, mike rommers, republican of michigan. he was on cbs "face the nation" and he talked about isil being a problem beyond the geographic boundaries of iraq. >> you are not going to solve the isil problem in iraq without
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dealing with the syria problem and some notion, i think the president said they are not related. they are. they are their caliphate, they believe their capitol will be in syria. i think to say they are not diminishes our opportunity for a strategic victory. >> whenever presidents are on vacation, they are briefed because they do bring teams of advisors with them out to their spot. you are always president even when you are outside of the beltway. we will see president obama return to d.c. tonight, morgan. >> libby, it's interesting you mentioned a these advisors come with him. i understood there were about 200 people actually with him on vacation to brief him every day. but is there any specific reason why the president is coming home tonight? etop security advisors likes of susan rice or ben rhodes and the entourage. we were expecting the president to come home tonight.
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this is something the white house announced when they gave the itinerary. the whistle house has stayed mum about the details of these two days at home in washington. requests of whether he will be dealing with iraq or immigration. we are expecting to see movement from the white house with an executive action over the next weeks or months. it is a question mark. we will be watching to see what comes out of the white house. he gets home around midnight tonight. it will be a latening with an early start tomorrow, morgan. >> the clock strikes 12. joining us live from washington, d.c. thanks so much. as college edge students head back, college administrations under pressure from the white house to adopt counselous sex standards. we will examine the issue on the week ahead tonight at 830pem eastern. coming up, bad weather has caused a lot of damage in texas. but now, northern states are also becoming concerned.
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meteorologist ebony deon will be right here to explain.
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so about 80% of the universe is come provides of what's called "dark matter" that's a material that scientists can't actually observe directly. al jazeera's daniel lak traveled where researchers are trying to uncover quite the cosmic mitt
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tree. >> another day at the. researchers at snow lab, two kilometers down. this subterranean lab rinth produces nickel. signs of a working mine are everywhere. at the end of a long dark tunnel, another world, a stringently clean place of high science and experiments that probe the swirling upwellings of the kos mos. >> this is the halo detector, super nova detectedor. >> a device made of lead and radio act triv helium dettext neutr i & o s, the smallest building blocks of the known universe. >> all of the heavy elements at that form the earth and the planets, et cetera, came from the super nova at some point in the past, were dispersed in space and available for the formation of planets. >> it blocks neutrons which are bad for dark matter experiments. >> elsewhere, they look for dark matter which has never been
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scene or physically measure. scientists, pre-6 he, years of data collection. much won't find anything but should point the way for others who search. >> when we look for dark matter, you know, we are looking for the thing that we know how to look for. >> that's the same as the analogy of a guy who lost his keys and the only place he is looking is under the street lamp because that's the only place he can look. >> what the discovery means subpoena far from certain. physicists isn't it should point the way to a more fundamental understanding. origins of everything around us. >> if we understand dark matter, we can then understand things like how the galaxies form, how the universe, itself, has evolved from the big bang and moving forward through time. and so understanding that matter will allow us to understand not only the particle that we think our matter is made up from but even things like why the galaxies is here today snow.
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>> it's not all physics. two years ago, a choir performed in one of the project chambers billed as the deepest concert ever. there are plans to use the low radiation environment for medical research, seismic monitoring and other uses. >> the people who work in this unique lab know they are some time away from the discovery they seek but they have no doubt at all about their mission: making sense of the universe from deep beneath the surface of a tiny fragment of it. daniel lak, al jazeera, subbury. . >> good sunday to you. i am meteorologist eboni dion. we are going to see more storms developing across much of the deep south as we go through the afternoon hours but i want to take a look back yesterday. we had damage reports around the dallas/fort worth area. it was a lot of damage being reported as damaging storms blew through the area. here is a look at some of the power lines that came down.
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there was a report of a roof blown off. what we dealt with was a microburst which is a column of air that blows out. winds could be as strong as 60 miles per hour. we found winds around dallas love field up to 53 miles per hour. so lots of clean-up today unfortunately, but we are still dealing with the rainfall around this area. it's not settled just yet. we have storms that are been going throne northern areas of texas through this morning. we are dealing with heavy downpours and seeing heavy rain and storm activity across northern areas of mississippi right along the fromths boundary. >> has prompted flash flood warnings around the delta. be extra careful if you have travel plans in that area. across the northern planes we will deal with the threat of strong to severe storms. there is a slight risk now across parts of the dac ole oat as through nebraska and we will watch out for the threat of wind and hail damage. right now, it's mainly rain and heaven downpouris can be expected. >> ebony, thank you. thank you for the watching.
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i am morgan radford. at 4:00 p.m. eastern, a rally is scheduled in ferguson, missouri. ref rend sharpton, michael luther king iii and michael brown's parents will be speaking. you can catch that here on "al jazeera america." ref >> for centuries, some west african communities have branded children born deformed or with disabilities as evil spirits. they are seen as a drain on limited resources and so ... medicine men are often asked to